|Junior High Down to Wire|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|April 6, 2008|
With one round to go in the Junior High Nationals (Dallas, April 4-6) ,the field is open in the K-9 and K-8 Championship sections. Michael Lee and Darwin Yang won their sixth round games against Stephen Zierk and Jason Jia, respectively. Lee and Yang now lead together with 5.5/6 each, but they have already played each other so the winner will come down to their round 7 results, or tiebreaks.
Lee's game against Zierk was wild, but once Zierk sacked the exchange with Rxh4, the outcome was not in doubt.
The K-8 Championship is even more up in the air. Alec Getz defeated the only perfect score this morning, Justin Karp, leaving several players with the opportunity to earn 6.5/7 by tournament's end.
The team competitions are also tight, with Dalton and Olde Middle School neck and neck in the K-9. The K-8 is even more contentious, with I.S. 318, Canyon Vista Middle School and Hunter all vying for the top spot. Look for a full update tomorrow with more info on all sections. Check live games on Monroi.com and updated standings on uschess.org.